Fatema K. Merchant


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Practice Areas

  • Government Contracts,
  • Investigations &
  • International Trade
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
University Al-Jamea-Tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy, B.A., 2003
Law SchoolAmerican University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2008
AdmittedTexas; District of Columbia


•American Bar Association, International Section

•ABA International Anti-Corruption Committee

•ABA India Committee

LanguagesArabic; Gujarati; Urdu

Fatema Merchant is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Merchant's practice focuses on anti-corruption investigations and compliance with international trade laws. Ms. Merchant has extensive experience with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S.-Sanctioned Countries investigations, compliance, due diligence, and training. Ms. Merchant also advises clients on compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Ms. Merchant previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General (OAG). At the OAG, Ms. Merchant negotiated settlements, prepared dispositive motions, handled pleadings and discovery, and argued motions. She served as co-counsel in a jury trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, securing a favorable verdict for the District.


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Beach Houses and Bribes: DOJ Seeks Over $700,000 From Former South Korean President
Fatema K. Merchant, May 12, 2014
April 24 marked another day of progress in holding kleptocrats accountable for their corruption.

Spacing Out: BIS Issues Report on Export Controls and the Space Industrial Base
Fatema K. Merchant, April 11, 2014
In February 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a report (“Report”) detailing the impact of export controls on the U.S. space industry. Titled the “U.S. Space Industry ‘Deep Dive’...

It Doesn’t Pay to Steal: In Largest Ever Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action, DOJ Seizes $458 Million
Fatema K. Merchant, March 19, 2014
On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had frozen over $458 million of ill-gotten assets that former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators had stashed in bank accounts across the globe. The DOJ is seeking to recover almost $100 million more. The...
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Fatema K. Merchant

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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